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Top economist to deliver keynote at World Textile Summit
Mar '11
One of the world's most eminent economists, Professor Barry J. Eichengreen, will be a keynote speaker at the ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit, in September.

Prof Eichengreen is the George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent book, published this year, is 'Exorbitant Privilege: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar and the Future of the International Monetary System', and last year he co-edited 'Emerging Giants: China and India in the World Economy'.

He is also a Research Associate of the US National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Fellow of the UK's Centre for Economic Policy Research. In the late 1990s he was Senior Policy Advisor at the International Monetary Fund.

Prof Eichengreen, who will deliver insights into the future of the global economy and the industrial prospects for its major players, is the Summit's second keynote speaker. It was earlier announced that former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan will engage with delegates on the topic of sustainability, in the light of the UN Global Compact to which several major textile firms are signatories.

“In 2011 the world economy is recovering from a shock that has seriously damaged the textile industry and disrupted international trade,” said Prof Eichengreen. “I'm delighted to have this opportunity to engage in discussion with industry leaders at the World Textile Summit and examine how a post-crisis world will look.”

Other speakers include: Dilip B. Jiwrajka, managing director, Alok Industries; Du Yuzhou, president of China National Textile & Apparel Council (CNTAC); Loek de Vries, president and CEO of the technical-textile leader TenCate; and Thomas Babacan, CEO of the world's biggest textile-machinery manufacturer, Oerlikon Textile, and COO of the OC Oerlikon Group.

The ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit will take place on September 21 at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya in Barcelona, one day ahead of the opening of the ITMA 2011 textile-machinery show in the same city. Its inspirational and forward-looking programme will comprise expert presentations and interactive panel discussions, designed to offer a global perspective on the opportunities and challenges that face the textile industry in the years ahead.

The Summit is the first joint initiative between CEMATEX (the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers) and the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), and is being organised in partnership with the World Textile Information Network (WTiN) and international event organiser MP International. Sponsors include Oerlikon Textile, Miroglio Group and Royal Ten Cate.

ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit

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